September 4, 2011
(Bio taken from the website camp-harlow.com)
Gregory Dean Camp passed away on Tuesday, July 21, 2010.
He learned to play the guitar at the age of 10 from his brother Steve and friend Larry Buck. He spent his early years playing music in and around St. Joe, where life-long bonds were formed with many other talented musicians, among them, Butch Dillon, Jimmy Harlow, Ted Paxon, Mike Harvey, Jerry Allen, Ron Weir, and others.
In the late sixties he was the singer, songwriter, and guitarist for the band White Eyes, a mainstay at the old Cowtown Ballroom. Some of his songs from that era are featured in the recently released documentary "Cowtown Ballroom, Sweet Jesus". It was during those years that a special bond was formed with artists such as Brewer and Shipley, Danny Cox, and The Ozark Mountain Daredevils, to name a few.
In 1975, Greg and Jimmy Harlow formed the first Camp Harlow Band in Aspen, Colo. with ex White Eyes members Roger Workman and Tim Shields, along with former Brewer and Shipley drummer, Gary Signor. Following that, Greg returned to Kansas City to be a solo artist, as well as writing and recording many wonderful original songs. During this time Greg also enjoyed stints with bands such as U.S.A. (out of St. Joseph), River Rock, and Blazing Saddles, before reforming the original Camp Harlow Band in 1991 to play the matinee at The Tuba, a local venue owned by Greg’s former St. Joe band mate Mile Harvey.
It was here that the most incredible bond of all began with the love affair between The Camp Harlow Band and it's extended family of loyal matinee-goers. Though too numerous to mention, I know that Greg would want to acknowledge the first of those, Andy and Karen Cook, as well as Larry and Pat Quirk, Bill and Liz Brinton, Don and Catherine O'Brien, and Mark(Cuda) Raynes, all of whom are still regulars to this day, as the matinee continues after 15 years at The Levee. For the past ten years or so the bands' lineup has been Bruce Sidener, Steve Nierman, and original members Greg, Jimmy, and Gary. Greg also co-hosted the Brew Jam at the 75th St. Brewery, with Mark Valentine, a gig that also lasted 15 years for Greg. In addition to those long running gigs, he also performed at many other local venues with his good friends Tom Hall and Rick Yord.
Greg’s influence on the Kansas City blues, rock, folk, and country music scene is immeasurable, as anyone who has ever played with him or heard him play will attest. The void left by his passing can never be filled, but his musical legacy will live on as we continue to play his songs. "Each day that goes by, WE love you more..." God speed brother.
Greg Camp was inducted into the Missouri Music Hall of Fame as part of the class of 2011 on Sept. 4th at Phil Welch Stadium, St. Joseph, Missouri.
Click here to see the award.